Aldershot Military Museum welcomes young visitors to study the unique mixture of social and military history that forms the story of Aldershot, “Home of the British Army” and Farnborough “Birth of British Aviation”. As well as our permanent displays we have a touring exhibition programme which often has opportunities for schools.
In November only: Find out about Remembrance Day by using Susan Varley’s, Badger’s Parting Gifts as the focus. Investigate the symbolism used in the story, make a class wreath, handle museum objects and explore music and memorials.
To accompany our special exhibition Soldiers’ Journey – From to home to war 1914 – 1918, which runs until 11 January 2015, we are offering the following sessions:
Hampshire’s War – The People’s Journey
This session has been developed to compliment our exhibition Soldiers’ Journey – from home to war 1914 – 1918, which runs 11 October 2014 – 11 January 2015. Pupils will have the chance to use a range of historic sources to explore the past including photographs, artefacts and documents. The session also includes some time exploring the exhibition. For KS2, lasting 2 hours.
What are we remembering on Remembrance Day?
Using Susan Varley’s book Badger’s Parting Gifts as a focus, this session has series of hands-on activities to help children understand the significance of Remembrance Day and explore ways of remembering. For KS1, lasting 1.5 hours. We recommend you extend your visit to 2 hours and spend time after your session visiting the exhibition.
Pupils will receive a letter before their visit asking them to form a special Committee to help commemorate the people of Hampshire who died in the First World War as part of 2014’s centenary commemorations*. Through a series of activities, pupils will consider different types of commemoration and remembrance, from the traditional memorial to the contemporary wristband. For KS2, lasting 1.5 hours. We recommend you extend your visit to 2 hours and spend time after your session visiting the exhibition. *We can tailor your letter so it is more locally-focussed.
Bring Britain in World War II to life. Try on real and replica uniforms and handle a wide range of objects from the period. Look at key topics including rationing, evacuation and air raids.
In November and December only, a seasonal twist on Children in World War Two. Gain a real feel for Christmas in World War Two using sounds, smells, images and objects from our collection.
What was life like in Aldershot, Farnborough and Cove over the last 150 years? Find out using census reports, maps, photographs and museum objects you can touch and hold.
If you would like an Education Officer to deliver an assembly introducing the work of museums, please ring and we will be happy to talk to you about your requirements.
Aldershot Military Museum has visitor toilets.
While we don’t have a specific lunchroom, a room may be available for pupils to use for lunch. In fine weather pupils can also take their lunch in our grounds.
Our Gift Shop has a range of pocket money items.
To help with your risk assessment, we have provided a Hazard Information Sheet
How to book a visit to a community museum gives you step-by-step guidelines – simply note the name of the session you would like, the museum’s telephone number and see the guidelines.